Macmillan Cancer Support has announced that it has appointed Lynda Thomas as its new chief executive.
Ms Thomas, who has been interim chief executive since November, will take up the role with immediate effect.
She joined Macmillan in 2001 as head of media before subsequently becoming director of fundraising.
She replaces Ciarán Devane, who announced in August last year that he was joining the British Council as its new chief executive.
Ms Thomas said: “Having worked at Macmillan for almost 14 years I know only too well the huge difference we make to the lives of people affected by cancer so I feel truly honoured to become Macmillan’s new CEO.
“With the number of people affected by cancer set to reach four million by 2030 we have a huge challenge ahead but I believe Macmillan has never been better placed to deliver the support and change needed to ensure no one faces cancer alone,” she said.